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From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

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This model was made by a friend, David Heim. I will be using his model to create a multi-page shop drawing for my students. David created the model from sketches by Lester Margon in his book...

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Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Dave Richards and I frequently encourage modeling new components in the context of the overall furniture assembly. This most likely results in more efficiency and accuracy. In the following video...

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A Sculptured Stool

A Sculptured Stool

I've finished construction of the standup desk, and now need the stool to match. In this video I'll show how I created the shaped back piece in the stool. This will involve standard SketchUp tools...

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A Classic Bench from a Picture

A Classic Bench from a Picture

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In this video, I'll show how I modeled up a classic outdoor bench for the school. The school decided on a picture that I import into SketchUp. I use the "Use as a Matched Photo" option for...

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A Wooden Hinge for the Stand-up Desk

A Wooden Hinge for the Stand-up Desk

I'm currently building this sculptured stand-up desk in the shop. The construction includes a full-length wooden hinge for the lid. Here is the SketchUp model with the lid closed and openIve...

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Williamsburg - Egg & Dart Carving

Williamsburg - Egg & Dart Carving

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Each year since retirement, I've been attending the Williamsburg Conference on "Working Wood in the 18th Century". It has always been educational, instructional, and inspirational. After each year, I...

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Re-creating a Missing Component

Re-creating a Missing Component

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In my first book, "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers", Chapter 5 covers the subject "Learn to Draw Precisely". For practicing this drawing skill, I ask the reader to reproduce the Right End froma...

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How Far with SketchUp - Sculpturing?

How Far with SketchUp - Sculpturing?

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I'm working on this modern style stand-up desk. The joinery and sculpturing are quite different than my normal 18th C. or Shaker styles. In this view, I'm not showing much of the sculpturing and...

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Pictures to Replicate a Piece of Furniture

Pictures to Replicate a Piece of Furniture

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Often woodworkers have a piece of furniture that they would like to replicate. A few photographs imported to SketchUp can enable this process, but it helps to know what pictures to take and at what...

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Futures in the Shop - Real and Imagined

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The previous discussion on the shop drawing package sparked my thinking about what we might expect in the future. Today, I think we can agree that "paper" is most often what we find useful in the...

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Growth of the Shop Drawing Package

Growth of the Shop Drawing Package

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I'm surprised at my having such a large package of paper in the shop these days. It grows by the day, and now takes a big binder clip to keep all the sheets together. It didn't used to be this way...

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Sheraton Desk - Applying Veneer Textures

Sheraton Desk - Applying Veneer Textures

This is a desk I'm currently re-producing, based on a Sheraton piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   I have not started the finishing on this project yet. I will not be dying or staining...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 8

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 8

In the last session, I modified the bow by tapering the end and extending the tenon through to the bottom face of the seat. In the process of making the bow, I also created the bow steam bending...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair in SketchUp - Part 7

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair in SketchUp - Part 7

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In the last session, I created the steam-bent bow, based on a shape developed by eye, since there was no drawing or information in the magazine article. There is more work on the bow that I will show...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 6

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 6

I've finished the seat and undercarriage, now the top part of the Windsor Chair is remaining work to do. That means steam bending a bow and turning some spindles. Unfortunately, the Fine Woodworking...

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A Sheraton Desk - Making the tapered and fluted legs

A Sheraton Desk - Making the tapered and fluted legs

This is a shift from the series on making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair. I'm currently in the shop doing an 18th Century Sheraton Desk, and want to show how I made the complex leg in SketchUp. This...

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Making a Bowback Windsor Chair - Part 5

Making a Bowback Windsor Chair - Part 5

In the last episode, we completed the undercarriage of the chair with the legs and stretchers in place and connected to the seat. At this stage of design you could begin construction of the chair...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 4

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 4

In the last session, I positioned the legs at their respective angles to the seat face. We used angles specified by the Fine Woodworking article and used the sight lines as reference faces for those...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 3

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 3

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In the last session, I compiled the Windsor seat component with spindle and leg sockets. I also carved a gutter decoration separating the spindle socket platform from the front of the seat. I also...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 2

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 2

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This is Part 2 of "Making an Un-braced Bowback Windsor Chair". Last time I showed the tracing of the magazine drawing of the seat. And we made three components from these tracings - the plain seat...

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